200 Best LGBTQ+ Movies of All Time
200-151 | 150-101 | 100-51 | 50-1
Adjusted Score: 96980%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
A New York professor (Helen Shaver) divorces her husband and has an affair with another woman (Patricia Charbonneau) in 1959... [More]
Adjusted Score: 98378%
Critics Consensus: Stylish, sensual, and smart, The Duke of Burgundy proves that erotic cinema can have genuine substance.
Two entomologists (Sidse Babett Knudsen, Chiara D'Anna) play ritual games of dominance and subservience.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 96988%
Critics Consensus: In tune with the emotion and tribulations of childhood, Tomboy is a charming movie that treats its main subject with warmth and heart.
A 10-year-old girl (ZoÃ© HÃ©ran) moves into a new neighborhood and decides to dress like a boy.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 98122%
Critics Consensus: Ang Lee's funny and ultimately poignant comedy of manners reveals the filmmaker's skill across genres.
Homosexual partners (Winston Chao, Mitchell Lichtenstein) living in Manhattan try to fool one's nagging Taiwanese parents with a fake wedding.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 99110%
Critics Consensus: Earnest without being didactic and uplifting without stooping to sentimentality, Pride is a joyous crowd-pleaser that genuinely works.
Realizing that they share common foes in Margaret Thatcher, the police and the conservative press, London-based gays and lesbians lend... [More]
Adjusted Score: 98569%
Critics Consensus: Affectionate without sacrificing honesty, Behind the Candelabra couples award-worthy performances from Michael Douglas and Matt Damon with some typically sharp direction from Steven Soderbergh.
World-famous pianist Liberace (Michael Douglas) takes much-younger Scott Thorson (Matt Damon) as a lover, but the relationship deteriorates when Liberace... [More]
Adjusted Score: 97538%
Critics Consensus: Celebrating its subjects without ever losing sight of their story, The Queen is a fascinating time capsule that has only gained resonance since its release.
Filmmaker Frank Simon goes behind the scenes of the 1967 Miss All-American Camp Beauty Pageant in New York City.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 99245%
Critics Consensus: Great performances and evocative musical numbers help Cabaret secure its status as a stylish, socially conscious classic.
Multiple Oscars went to this tale about an American chanteuse in Berlin caught in the rising tide of Nazism.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 97556%
Critics Consensus: The Celluloid Closet takes a thought-provoking look at the decades of omission and misrepresentation endured by the gay community in mainstream cinema.
Filmmakers Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman look at the depiction of homosexuality in film. Lily Tomlin narrates.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 98995%
Critics Consensus: Gods and Monsters is a spellbinding, confusing piece of semi-fiction, featuring fine performances; McKellen leads the way, but Redgrave and Fraser don't lag far behind.
With his housekeeper (Lynn Redgrave) and gardener (Brendan Fraser) near, ailing film director James Whale (Ian McKellen) recalls his life.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 99207%
Critics Consensus: Pulsing with authenticity and led by a stirring lead performance from Adepero Oduye, Pariah is a powerful coming out/coming-of-age film that signals the arrival of a fresh new talent in writer/director Dee Rees.
Though not yet out to her parents, a Brooklyn teenager (Adepero Oduye) embraces her identity as a lesbian and searches... [More]
Adjusted Score: 98033%
Critics Consensus: While its premise is ripe for comedy -- and it certainly delivers its fair share of laughs -- Priscilla is also a surprisingly tender and thoughtful road movie with some outstanding performances.
Three drag queens (Terence Stamp, Hugo Weaving, Guy Pearce) head for a gig at a central Australia casino in a... [More]
Adjusted Score: 99134%
Critics Consensus: The Crying Game is famous for its shocking twist, but this thoughtful, haunting mystery grips the viewer from start to finish.
An IRA underling (Stephen Rea) meets the lover of a British soldier (Forest Whitaker) he has been ordered to execute.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 100031%
Critics Consensus: Worthwhile as both a well-acted ensemble piece and as a smart, warm statement on family values, The Kids Are All Right is remarkable.
The teenage children of a lesbian couple (Julianne Moore, Annette Bening) seek out their biological father (Mark Ruffalo) and make... [More]
Adjusted Score: 99630%
Critics Consensus: Alternately horrific and uplifting, Call Me Kuchu exposes heinous systematic brutality with a clear eye and admirable precision.
In Uganda, openly gay David Kato and his fellow activists work to defeat new legislation in their country that would... [More]
Adjusted Score: 99123%
Critics Consensus: Driven by a fantastic lead turn from Julie Andrews, Blake Edwards' musical gender-bender is sharp, funny and all-round entertaining.
A Chicago mobster (James Garner) falls for a female impersonator (Julie Andrews), actually a woman, in 1930s Paris.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 100078%
Critics Consensus: Disclosure engrossingly illuminates the history and effects of the way transgender lives are depicted onscreen -- and outlines how much progress still needs to be made.
A look at Hollywood's depiction of transgender people and the impact of this on American culture.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 100297%
Critics Consensus: Like the cheekily named store at this documentary's center, Circus of Books proves there are countless stories below the surface if we're only willing to look.
In 1976 a couple take over an adult book store, and the store becomes the biggest distributor of gay porn... [More]
Adjusted Score: 101329%
Critics Consensus: Held aloft by remarkable performances from John Lithgow and Alfred Molina, Love Is Strange serves as a graceful tribute to the beauty of commitment in the face of adversity.
A recently married gay couple (John Lithgow, Alfred Molina) are forced to move into separate households after they lose their... [More]
Adjusted Score: 100265%
Critics Consensus: Balancing heart and humor against outstanding work from a talented cast, C.R.A.Z.Y. proves the coming-of-age formula can still produce powerful results.
A young man (Marc-AndrÃ© Grondin) who has four brothers tries to maintain a stable relationship with his father.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 100460%
Critics Consensus: Law of Desire is kinky fun that's as explosively bright and provocative as ever.
One man (Antonio Banderas) plots the death of another to gain the love of a Spanish filmmaker (Eusebio Poncela), who... [More]
Adjusted Score: 100008%
Critics Consensus: Angry, powerful, and stirring, How to Survive a Plague is a brilliantly constructed documentary about the activists who pushed for action to combat the AIDS epidemic.
In the late 1980s, members of Act-Up and other AIDS activists battle indifference and hostility to bring attention to the... [More]
Adjusted Score: 100638%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
An aspiring black lesbian filmmaker (Cheryl Dunye) researches an obscure 1940s black actress billed as the Watermelon Woman.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 103106%
Critics Consensus: With an outstanding starring performance from Benedict Cumberbatch illuminating its fact-based story, The Imitation Game serves as an eminently well-made entry in the "prestige biopic" genre.
Genius British logician and cryptologist Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch) helps crack Germany's Enigma Code during World War II but is... [More]
Adjusted Score: 100436%
Critics Consensus: My Beautiful Laundrette is fast and all over the place because it has so much to say, and show, including a highly watchable fresh-faced Daniel Day-Lewis.
London punk Johnny (Daniel Day-Lewis) and Pakistani Omar (Gordon Warnecke) redo a run-down launderette.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 105366%
Critics Consensus: A ruefully funny calling card for debuting director Emma Seligman, Shiva Baby transcends its sitcom setup with strong performances and satisfying insights.
While at a Jewish funeral service with her parents, a college student has an awkward encounter with her sugar daddy... [More]
Adjusted Score: 100953%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Adjusted Score: 100963%
Critics Consensus: We Were Here revisits the crises facing the gay community in the early 1980s -- and offers a powerful tribute to the inspiring resolve shown at a time of turmoil.
Filmmakers David Weissman and Bill Weber chronicle the effect of AIDS on San Francisco's gay community, and they show how... [More]
Adjusted Score: 101708%
Critics Consensus: For viewers in search of an uncommonly smart, tender, and funny coming-of-age story, The Half of It has everything.
A shy, introverted student helps the school jock woo a girl whom, secretly, they both want.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 100784%
Critics Consensus: Framed by great work from director Sidney Lumet and fueled by a gripping performance from Al Pacino, Dog Day Afternoon offers a finely detailed snapshot of people in crisis with tension-soaked drama shaded in black humor.
A loser (Al Pacino) robs a Brooklyn bank with his stupid buddy (John Cazale) to pay for his lover's sex... [More]
Adjusted Score: 103489%
Critics Consensus: Love, Simon hits its coming-of-age beats more deftly than many entries in this well-traveled genre -- and represents an overdue, if not entirely successful, milestone of inclusion.
Teenager Simon Spier hasn't told his family or friends that he's gay, and he doesn't know the identity of the... [More]
Adjusted Score: 101517%
Critics Consensus: In telling one couple's story, A Secret Love pays understated yet powerful tribute to a lifetime of choices and sacrifices made in the name of enduring devotion.
A former baseball player keeps her lesbian relationship a secret from her family for seven decades.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 103118%
Critics Consensus: Tangerine shatters casting conventions and its filmmaking techniques are up-to-the-minute, but it's an old-fashioned comedy at heart -- and a pretty wonderful one at that.
After hearing that her boyfriend/pimp cheated on her while she was in jail, a hooker and her best friend set... [More]
Adjusted Score: 101234%
Critics Consensus: Almodovar weaves together a magnificent tapestry of femininity with an affectionate wink to classics of theater and cinema in this poignant story of love, loss and compassion.
New friends help a woman (Cecilia Roth) struggling to get her life in order after her son's (Eloy AzorÃn) death.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 102686%
Critics Consensus: Paris Is Burning dives into '80s transgender subculture, with the understated camera allowing this world to flourish and the people to speak (and dance) for themselves.
Filmmaker Jennie Livingston shows New York clubs where gay men enter posing contests, called "voguing."... [More]
Adjusted Score: 102514%
Critics Consensus: An absorbing and affectionate tribute to a unique individual, Mucho Mucho Amor should prove fascinating for Walter Mercado fans as well as first-timers.
Puerto Rican astrologer and psychic Walter Mercado discusses his life, career and post-fame seclusion.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 102791%
Critics Consensus: Like any great work of art, Portrait of Jason tells a story that reaches far beyond its canvas in the act of illuminating its subject.
A black male prostitute and aspiring entertainer recounts his life story for filmmaker Shirley Clarke.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 103016%
Critics Consensus: An illuminating and urgent call to action, Welcome to Chechnya portrays the horrors of the mass persecution of the LGBTQ+ community in the Chechen Republic with tenacity and tenderness.
Activists risk their lives to confront Russian leader Ramzan Kadyrov and his government-directed campaign to detain, torture and execute LGBTQ... [More]
Adjusted Score: 102707%
Critics Consensus: Anchored by Sean Penn's powerhouse performance, Milk is a triumphant account of America's first openly gay man elected to public office.
In San Francisco, Harvey Milk (Sean Penn) becomes the first openly gay man elected to a notable U.S. public office,... [More]
Adjusted Score: 103148%
Critics Consensus: Further elevated by a strong central performance from Dirk Bogarde, Victim offers an eloquent and emotionally affecting argument against prejudice.
A prominent London barrister sets out to learn the identity of a blackmailer who preys on homosexuals.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 102836%
Critics Consensus: A quiet, moving rumination on loneliness and newfound intimacy, God's Own Country marks an outstanding directorial debut for Francis Lee.
A young farmer numbs his frustrations with drinking and casual sex until a Romanian migrant worker sets him on a... [More]
Adjusted Score: 104099%
Critics Consensus: Moving without resorting to melodrama, BPM offers an engrossing look at a pivotal period in history that lingers long after the closing credits roll.
Nathan is a young man who joins an AIDS activist group in 1990s Paris. As he attends the weekly meetings,... [More]
Adjusted Score: 104586%
Critics Consensus: Subtle and tender, A Fantastic Woman handles its timely, sensitive subject matter with care.
A transgender singer faces scorn and discrimination after the sudden death of her older boyfriend.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 104614%
Critics Consensus: Dallas Buyers Club rests squarely on Matthew McConaughey's scrawny shoulders, and he carries the burden gracefully with what might be a career-best performance.
Learning that he has AIDS, Ron Woodroof (Matthew McConaughey) smuggles medicine into the United States to fight the disease.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 105412%
Critics Consensus: The Handmaiden uses a Victorian crime novel as the loose inspiration for another visually sumptuous and absorbingly idiosyncratic outing from director Park Chan-wook.
With help from an orphaned pickpocket (Kim Tae-ri), a Korean con man (Ha Jung-woo) devises an elaborate plot to seduce... [More]
Adjusted Score: 105876%
Critics Consensus: Beautifully filmed and performed, MÃ¤edchen in Uniform avoids easy melodrama with its sensitive handling of oft-sensationalized subject matter.
A student (Hertha Thiele) falls in love with her teacher (Dorothea Wieck) at a strict Prussian girls school.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 107881%
Critics Consensus: Shaped by Todd Haynes' deft direction and powered by a strong cast led by Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, Carol lives up to its groundbreaking source material.
Therese Belivet (Rooney Mara) spots the beautiful, elegant Carol (Cate Blanchett) perusing the doll displays in a 1950s Manhattan department... [More]
Adjusted Score: 112114%
Critics Consensus: Pain and Glory finds writer-director Pedro AlmodÃ³var drawing on his own life to rewarding effect -- and honoring his craft as only a master filmmaker can.
An aging Spanish film director in the middle of a creative crisis revisits memorable events of his past.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 112088%
Critics Consensus: Call Me by Your Name offers a melancholy, powerfully affecting portrait of first love, empathetically acted by TimothÃ©e Chalamet and Armie Hammer.
In 1983 Italy, a precocious 17-year-old and a young doctoral student discover the heady beauty of awakening desire over the... [More]
Adjusted Score: 117243%
Critics Consensus: Moonlight uses one man's story to offer a remarkable and brilliantly crafted look at lives too rarely seen in cinema.
A look at three defining chapters in the life of Chiron, a young black man growing up in Miami. His... [More]